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IS THE FATHER OF JESUS THE GOD OF MUHAMMAD? (Title taken from a book by Timothy George) [John 1:14-18 ● Message #2/2] 09-12-2010

INTRODUCTION: (Review from Last Sunday). 1. Purpose for this Message: ● in light of 1½ Billion Muslims (and their growth in the U.S.A.); ● to be Faithful to the Gospel (Loving our Neighbor & Preaching the One-True Gospel). 2. Loving Muslims: ● as our Neighbors; ● by Overcoming our Sinful Barriers (fear, ignorance, pride, etc.); ● by Learning from Muslims and about Muslims; ● while being on Guard in Prayer; ● and Proclaiming the Gospel. KNOWING & OBEYING THE GOSPEL. 1. Know the Triune-God: and Worship Him unto His glory (vs14-15) ● God (Triune, Eternal, Sovereign, Creator…); ● Jesus Christ (the God-Man, Lord & Savior…); ● We are created for God’s glory. 2. Believe the Revelation of God: Manifest thru the Person of Jesus Christ (vs15, 17-18) ● the Spoken-written Word of God; ● the Person of Jesus Christ; ● the Work of the Holy Spirit. 3. Receive the Salvation of God: Believe in and Receive His Son (vs16-17) ● the Big Picture (Salvation History); ● the Problem of Sin; ● God’s Grace; ● Our Faith. CHRISTIANITY & ISLAM. 1. Summary Teachings of Islam: ● God (Allah); ● Revelation (Qur’an, Muhammad); ● Sin and Salvation; ● Other Teachings. 2. Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? 3. Conclusion: Our Response as Christians: ● to Know and Obey the Gospel; ● to Love our Muslim Neighbors and Find Common Ground; ● to be on Guard in Prayer; ● to Proclaim the One-True Gospel.

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LOVING MUSLIMS AND PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL (Mark 12:28-34 ● Message #1/2) 09-05-2010

INTRODUCTION: 1. Purpose for this Message. 2. Some Recommended Resources: ● "ESV Study Bible" (see “World Religions” section in the back). ● "Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?" by Timothy George. ● "The Qur'an: Text, Translation & Commentary" (English & Arabic Edition by Abdullah Yusuf Ali). ● The Middle East: the History, the Cultures, the Conflicts, the Faiths (by Time magazine). ● Websites: Questions on Islam: www.questionsonislam.com. Islamic Society of North America: www.isna.net. Islam for Today: www.islamfortoday.com. Park 51 Community Center: www.park51.org/faq.htm. THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT. 1. We are to Love God: with our whole being (vs29-30). 2. We are to Love Our Neighbors: as ourselves (v31). 3. We must put our Faith in Jesus Christ: as the Son of God (vs32-34). LOVING MUSLIMS. 1. As our Neighbors: in obedience to God’s word. 2. By Overcoming Sinful Barriers: (our Fear, Ignorance, Pride, Prejudices). 3. By Learning about and from Muslims: (their People, History, Beliefs, etc.). 4. As Believers on Guard in Prayer: for our Enemies, for our Nation, and for the Persecuted Church. 5. And Proclaiming the Gospel: ● as Missionaries and a Missional Church; ● with a Kingdom-driven Focus; ● by Finding Common Ground; ● with Confidence in God’s Gospel!

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THE WORD OF THE KINGDOM AND THE CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP (Parables of the Kingdom #1/3 * Matthew 13:1-23) 09-08-2013

1. King Jesus, the Crowds, and His Disciples ● Are you among the crowds or one of Christ’s disciples? 2. Christ’s Parables and the Secrets of the Kingdom ● the Parables reveal God’s truth and speak judgment on the hard-hearted ● the Kingdom has come and is advancing in mysterious ways 3. The Word of the Kingdom and the Call to Discipleship (the Parable of the Sower and the Soils) ● seed along the path (hard-hearted) ● seed on rocky ground (shallow) ● seed among thorns (worldly) ● seed on good soil (devoted) ● Are we bearing fruit? (discipleship)

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MARRIAGE, HOMOSEXUALITY, AND THE GOSPEL (Genesis 2:18-25) 08-12-2012

Introduction ● Share God’s love with all people: as those created in his image ● Embrace and Preach the Cross (in the right order): as Christians, as the Church, and to the World ● Engage the Culture: but do not conform to, or compromise with, the world 1. The Covenant of Marriage ● For Companionship, Procreation, and the Glory of God ● For Sexual Purity, Pleasure, and God’s loving Protection ● As a Visible Demonstration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ 2. Christianity & Homosexuality ● Christianity, Homosexuality and the Church: Love one another, make disciples, & honor marriage ● Christianity, Homosexuality and Our Culture: Repent of all sin and guard against unbelief/idolatry ● Christianity, Homosexuality and Government: Be the salt of the earth and the light of the world 3. Faithfulness to the Gospel ● Obey the Gospel: thru sexual purity and godly marriages ● Guard the Gospel: thru sound doctrine & God’s love for people ● Proclaim the Gospel: unashamedly & with confidence in God’s power ● Hold Fast to the Gospel: thru our hour of trial in faithfulness to Christ

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